Hamas claims responsibility for Israel attack, announces cease-fire
April 7th, 2011
08:03 PM ET

Hamas claims responsibility for Israel attack, announces cease-fire

Hamas says it and other Palestinian factions have agreed to stop firing into Israel after Hamas claimed responsibility for shooting a missile that struck an Israeli bus Thursday.

The Hamas strike critically wounded a teenage boy on his way home from school. After not claiming responsibility for the attack earlier in the day, Hamas on Thursday night sent a message to reporters saying the strike was in retaliation for the killing of three Hamas leaders last weekend.

After the attack Thursday, and the firing of numerous mortars into Israel, the Israel Defense Forces "targeted nine terror-activity sites in the Gaza Strip," the IDF said in a news release. A military spokeswoman said later that IDF aircraft targeted three smuggling tunnels in southern Gaza in addition to the nine targets mentioned earlier.

The additional IDF strikes hit shortly after Hamas' cease-fire was scheduled to take effect, according to Hamas' Interior Ministry.

said it will stop after talking with other Palestinian factions following , according to Hamas' Interior Ministry.

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  1. Philip

    @Thinker23...no matter. Israel ignores the one true God, even as their own holy books admit. If you cannot see this, you are blind.

    April 8, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. peace ppl

    hamas is one man terrist and one chids freedomfighter

    April 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris McReynolds

      "One man's..." blah blah, heard it so many times...

      Hamas is a terrorist group by their own actions. If they in fact are using terror, they are terrorists. The significance is that they are totalitarian, and at war with the west. Therefore, we can fight with any means against them. You can still call them what you want, but any totalitarian militant will be killed if we get a chance, and well they deserve it too, whether or not they look in the mirror and believe their own lies.

      May 19, 2011 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chris McReynolds

    So the cease-fire lasts until the next shipment arrives? Is that how it works? One never knows what if anything this cease-fire declaration is supposed to indicate?

    May 19, 2011 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
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